Luckily London is not short of places to grab a bite to eat as a pair. Whether it’s a first date or a weekly catch up with your best mate, there’s a mood and menu for every kind of dining duo. Create a new favourite couples restaurant from this list, or get some inspiration for an eatery to impress as we look at the best restaurants for two.
The Frescobaldi Ristorante in Mayfair serves flawless Tuscan cuisine in an intimate and authentic setting, with wooden panels, alcoves and leather upholstery. The ideal backdrop for romance, the ristorante is equally the ultimate venue for a friendly catch up accompanied by an exquisite bottle of wine.
Impress your friend, date or partner and lead them on a merry dance (into a car park, through a gate, up a fire escape, along a corridor) en route to Dalston’s Merci Marie. It’s much more pleasant than it sounds, and is one of London’s best kept secrets with a warm ambiance, low-key lighting and delicious French dishes.
Pizza Pilgrims Soho
If you’re looking for an informal dining experience with the tastiest, hearty Italian grub then Pizza Pilgrims is for you. Perfect for a relaxed first date (Nutella pizza rings make anyone seem enticing), or your go-to pizza bolthole with your partner. A meal is easy on the pocket too.
If you’re looking to bond with a fellow foodie, look no further than Spitalfield’s La Tagliata. A small menu with fresh, seasonal Italian dishes and a must-have sirloin steak mean course will impress a friend or family member alike. If romance is on the menu, the pannacotta and tiramisu will have you seeing starry-eyed.
The slick Japanese cuisine, killer cocktails and buzzing, dimly lit space of Roka Mayfair is the perfect setting for a good natter with your best friend on a Friday night, or a sophisticated weeknight date. Sharing a plate of Roka’s top-notch sashimi is the ultimate intimate cosmopolitan dining experience.
Another Italian haunt, Rotorino, delivers a perfect chilled atmosphere, with an authentic wine list and simple, flawlessly cooked classic dishes. The restaurant is suave and spacious, ideal for impressing that special someone in a trendy Dalston vibe without the pomp.
Oyster Bar at Massimo
The impressive interiors of Massimo restaurant at the Corinthia hotel are something to marvel at over a glass of champagne at the magnificent oyster bar. If the oysters work their magic, there’s always the option to check in at the hotel afterwards too.
Words by Rosie Cassels, gin obsessed food fanatic, tasting London one cheese board at a time. @rozzlesmozzle